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New police chief named in Pottstown

By Greg Didyoung, WFMZ.com Reporter, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Apr 09 2013 07:05:55 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 09 2013 06:55:10 AM CDT

Pottstown hires new chief

POTTSTOWN, Pa. -

Council members voted unanimously Monday night to elect Police Captain Richard Drumheller to the position of police chief.

Following the vote, Council President Stephen M. Toroney wished Drumheller success saying, "Congratulations. Hopefully moving forward, things will work well for you."

Drumheller has been the borough's captain since July 2007. He will replace current Police Chief Mark Flanders when his retirement as chief becomes official April 14th. Flanders is also the borough's manager and had been working both positions since his appointment November 13th.

Drumheller faced no competition for the position as no other candidates were interviewed by council.

According to data from USA.com, Pottstown has a crime rate twice as high as the state average. Drumheller said he will utilize technology and community input to lower crime rates and make the borough a safer place.

"We want to use data from sites such as crimemapping.com to find criminal hotspots. This way police can focus on areas where crime is more concentrated," Drumheller said.

Another way Drumheller is looking to make Pottstown safer is to get the community involved.

"I'd like to see more citizen interaction with police. We can use social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter to better serve the public," he added.

Before Drumheller can become chief, he must pass a "civil service noncompetitive test and be subject to execution of an employment contract acceptable to Borough Council." 

Flanders noted that if there is a gap in time between his retirement as chief and the time it takes Drumheller  to pass the exam, Drumheller would still be able to  lead the Police since he is the department's captain.

Drumheller, if meeting the criteria, will be officially sworn in this May.